July 2, 2012
I first wrote about Jacqui Van Ham on June 22 but here’s an update on this talented artist who creates lighting fixtures from Mason jars and bourbon bottles:
Louisville artist Jacqui Van Ham has been re-purposing materials for about a year, taking items such as vintage Mason jars to create cool pendant light fixtures, sconces, soap dispensers and more with an industrial/farmhouse look.
“I grew up in a canning household and immediately was drawn to the Mason jars as an everyday utility object,” she wrote in an email. Her first customer was The Silver Dollar restaurant in Louisville.“My first ‘customer’ was the restaurant here in Louisville, The Silver Dollar. … “One of the owners was looking for a unique soap-dispensersolution, … and the business took off from there.”
After a trip to the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto, Van Ham was inspired to work with its distinctively shaped bottles to fashion a fabulous chandelier (above). Her design features tiers of unadorned bourbon bottles minus the paper labels hanging from an impressive base of metal and wood, a unique fixture that would dress up any room. The chandelier, listed for $800 at her Etsy store, is already in negotiation to be sold.
Van Ham says she’s currently building lighting for Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, July 13 to 15, and putting together a Four Roses chandelier for the Bourbon Sponsor Tent there; it will be available for purchase. Also in the works: motor/automotive/industrial-based fixtures. She also offers custom work.
You’ll find a selection of Van Ham’s work including single-drop Mason jar chandeliers, $40, and wall sconces, $50, at Etsy.com.shop/vanvintagedesign and Facebook.com/VanVintageDesign.